Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
" Compiling Word Web vocabulary list with etymology, pronunciation, varied parts of speech and nuance. The student takes to words like a duck to water. Excellent student, very intelligent young lady.
(90 minute session)"
(90 minute session)"
"The student and I met for the last time to review all the SAT strategies. Since she had not completed any practice tests since the last session, I had her complete 2 sections so we could review them and how she was applying the strategies. She is definitely making progress, but would benefit greatly from completing a few additional practice tests."
"The student did excellently on his ACT Math assignment, in both timing and accuracy. We spent the majority of this session further practicing the English section, the student appeared to be picking up on the patterns of grammar mistakes and how to correct them."
"The student and I made more progress on Math and worked on English this time as well. Her primary concern is science, as that was her lowest score last time. I believe we will be able to bring her math score up pretty dramatically as well, with just a refresher of important equations. She is incredibly bright and is catching on well when we review."
"The student is gaining confidence in math and even told me that he feels he has come a long way this summer. Indeed, his accuracy and speed have both improved. At this point, he has seen almost any question type imaginable and is quite comfortable with setting up all problems. I continue to be impressed with his vocabulary. There will certainly be questions where he doesn't know some of the words, but he eliminates well and makes great educated guesses."
"In these two sessions, the boys and I wrapped up our preparation for the ISEE, and began work for the other placement exam. The two exams are ~80% the same, so working on one will help for the other. As usual, I had no issues with keeping them focused and on track in our meetings. They both excel at verbal skills and math, but they have some issues with more complex passages in reading comprehension. I believe this is due to the fact that reading questions can occasionally be highly subjective. The other placement exam features question types (logic, verbal classifications, and antonyms) that do not appear on the ISEE, so I suggested that they use the online resources to practice these problems specifically."
"Our session went really well today! The student finished his practice probability test, and it went very well. We went over the problems he got wrong to be sure that he understood his mistake. Then, we worked on some English and critical reading to ensure he was prepared for those parts of the test."
"The student and I worked on a wide variety of topics and concepts. We discussed answer strategies for reading questions and worked on arithmetic sequences and geometry problems. We also discussed vocabulary and made plans for building on the strategies we put in place today."
"The student did really well in math today again! He's improving a lot. His writing, though, is still sitting at the same spot. We worked on two sections, and in the second section, he did well in certain areas. We will focus on the parts he needs to improve on in the coming sessions."
"The student is becoming more comfortable with long, multi-step algebraic equations. We spent the majority of our session today on substitution methods, solving systems of equations with two or even three variables. I left her with some grid-in math questions to work on until I see her next Tuesday. I also left her with the SAT essay prompt from the most recent exam."
"On the two science reading passages, the student answered 90% of the questions correct today. For math, we discussed strategies for answering the multiple choice questions, including using the answer choices to solve and finding the outliers to see if these choices are possible. On the square root practice, he answered 8/11 correct. His errors related to negative square roots and math expressions for square roots. Synonym practice today went back to adjectives and adverbs. For the ratios and proportions review, he answered 80% of the questions correctly. Strategies and steps for solving for unit rate and simplifying decimal ratio were covered. He answered 8/9 sentence completions correctly. I sent him a sample test online to practice with timed sections for him to complete. This will help him to focus on the timing aspects."
"The student completed a timed math section for homework and scored a 30. There were one or two simple errors in addition to some harder math that she just needed familiarizing with (circles, unit circle-trig). The goal is to take a full practice test for homework."